What is the best time of year to visit Southern Africa?

Answer: The best time to visit Southern Africa depends on your specific interests and the activities you plan to engage in. Generally, the dry winter months (May to October) are popular for game viewing as animals gather around water sources. The summer months (November to April) offer lush landscapes, vibrant birdlife, and the opportunity to witness newborn animals. However, it’s essential to note that weather patterns can vary across different countries and regions within Southern Africa, so it’s advisable to consult with our experts to determine the best time for your preferred destinations and activities.

Is it safe to visit South Africa?

Answer: Yes, South Africa is a safe tourist destination. While the country has received attention for safety concerns, millions of tourists visit South Africa each year without incident. It’s important to exercise common sense, avoid risky situations, and stay informed about the latest travel advice. At Spurwing Tourism, we prioritize your safety and would never recommend a destination or activity that we consider unsafe. We believe that South Africa remains a secure and captivating place to explore.

Is it safe to go on safari?

Answer: Safety is our top priority, and we take every measure to ensure a secure safari experience. Visiting South Africa or the Victoria Falls region as a tourist is considered safe. Game drives are conducted by experienced guides who prioritize safety protocols, keeping you protected during encounters with wild animals. Accommodations are designed with safety in mind, often featuring measures like electric fences or trained staff to accompany guests. We take pride in offering safaris that provide an unforgettable and worry-free experience.

Is it not cheaper to book directly instead of with Spurwing Tourism?

Answer: No, in fact, it often costs less to book through Spurwing Tourism. Thanks to our buying power and established relationships with accommodations and suppliers, we negotiate competitive rates. We do not charge booking fees or credit card surcharges, ensuring transparent and cost-effective arrangements. By booking through us, you benefit from our local expertise and personalized service without any extra cost. We handle all the arrangements on your behalf, ensuring a seamless trip for less effort and less money compared to booking everything directly. In case of any issues during your stay, we are here to assist you promptly.

Should I be worried about malaria?

Answer: While it’s important to be informed about malaria, there’s no need to be overly worried. Malaria is preventable and treatable, and the risk should not deter you from going on safari. We recommend consulting with your doctor or travel clinic to obtain appropriate anti-malarial prophylactic medication before traveling to malaria-prone areas such as the greater Kruger National Park or other safari destinations. Taking precautions to prevent mosquito bites, such as using insect repellent and sleeping under mosquito nets, further reduces the risk. If you prefer to visit malaria-free safari options, we can provide details and recommendations.

Do I need a visa to visit Southern Africa?

Answer: Visa requirements vary depending on your nationality and the countries you plan to visit within Southern Africa. Some countries, such as South Africa, may require a visa for certain nationalities, while others have visa-free entry or offer visas upon arrival. It’s important to check the specific visa requirements for each country you intend to visit well in advance of your travel dates. Our team can provide guidance and assist you with visa-related inquiries to ensure a smooth travel experience.

What types of accommodations are available in Southern Africa?

Answer: Southern Africa offers a wide range of accommodation options to suit various preferences and budgets. From luxury lodges and boutique hotels to tented camps and self-catering cottages, there is something for everyone. Private game reserves often feature high-end lodges with luxurious amenities and personalized services. National parks and nature reserves offer a mix of accommodations, including rest camps, chalets, and campsites. Coastal regions boast beachfront resorts and guesthouses, while cities provide a range of hotels and guest lodges. Our team can assist you in selecting the best accommodations based on your preferences and budget.

What should I pack for a trip to Southern Africa?

Answer: When packing for Southern Africa, it’s essential to consider the diverse climates and activities in the region. Lightweight, breathable clothing, including long-sleeved shirts and pants, is advisable for protection against the sun and insects. Layered clothing is recommended for fluctuating temperatures, particularly during morning and evening game drives. Comfortable walking shoes, a sun hat, sunscreen, insect repellent, and a good pair of binoculars are essential. If visiting during the rainy season, a lightweight rain jacket or poncho is recommended. It’s also important to check the baggage restrictions of your chosen airlines.

What currency is used in Southern Africa?

Answer: The currency used in Southern Africa varies across countries. South Africa uses the South African Rand (ZAR), while Zimbabwe uses the Zimbabwean Dollar (ZWL). Botswana, Namibia, and Eswatini (formerly Swaziland) use their respective currencies, the Botswana Pula (BWP), Namibian Dollar (NAD), and Eswatini Lilangeni (SZL). It’s advisable to carry some local currency for day-to-day expenses, although major credit cards are widely accepted in most tourist areas. Currency exchange facilities are available at airports, banks, and authorized exchange bureaus.

Are there any health concerns or vaccinations required for Southern Africa travel?

Answer: It’s important to consult with your doctor or a travel health specialist well in advance of your trip to Southern Africa. They will provide guidance on recommended vaccinations and health precautions based on your medical history, travel plans, and the specific destinations you intend to visit. Malaria is a concern in certain regions, so taking anti-malarial prophylaxis and practicing mosquito bite prevention measures is essential. Additionally, ensure you have adequate travel insurance that covers any potential medical emergencies during your trip.

How can I make the most of my Southern Africa trip?

Answer: To make the most of your Southern Africa trip, we recommend planning your itinerary in advance based on your interests and priorities. Consider factors such as the best time to visit, the must-see attractions, and the activities you wish to experience. It’s advisable to allocate sufficient time for each destination to fully immerse yourself in the unique landscapes, wildlife, and cultures. Engage the services of a reputable tour operator like Spurwing Tourism to assist you with itinerary planning, logistics, and expert guidance, ensuring a well-rounded and memorable experience in Southern Africa.

I have limited time available. What can I see or do in this time?

Answer: Each destination offers a range of activities and attractions suitable for limited timeframes. Whether in Cape Town, Victoria Falls, the Garden Route, or other regions, we can provide a list of recommended things to do to make the most of your time. During safaris, game viewing takes center stage, but lodges also offer additional activities such as stargazing, bush walks, spa treatments, or leisurely relaxation by the pool. Our experienced team can assist you in selecting the most suitable activities based on your interests, available time, and budget.